Pedestrian Dies After Hit by Vehicle in Richmond County, Georgia
RICHMOND COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news report from wrdw.com, a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle in Richmond County, Georgia, has died from his injuries.*
A man was attempting to cross Gordon Highway in Richmond County and was struck by a vehicle in the 1600 block of the roadway. The man was transported to Augusta University Medical Center, where he remained hospitalized until he died on or about December 27. The Richmond County Coroner’s Office has identified the man as 34-year-old Timothy Chance.
The driver of the vehicle has not been identified, and it is not clear how the accident occurred. Local officials are continuing to investigate the incident and have not yet released additional information.
Richmond County is located on the eastern border of the state of Georgia and includes Augusta, Georgia. In 1995, the City of Augusta consolidated governments with Richmond County, forming one entity known as Augusta-Richmond County. The county has an estimated population of 202,000, and its major roadways include Interstate 20, Interstate 520, U.S. Route 1, U.S. Route 25, U.S. Route 78, and U.S. Route 278.
During the five-year period between 2012 and 2016, vehicle accidents in Richmond County increased dramatically, according to data from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. In 2012, a total of 333 vehicle accidents occurred in the county. This number increased significantly in 2013 to 1,315 then leaped to 8,879 in 2014. By 2016, the total number of accidents in Richmond County was 9,957.
Interestingly, while the total number of accidents increased through these years, the number of fatal accidents fell. The 2012 collisions led to 40 fatalities, while the 2016 collisions led to 17 fatalities.
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